Beer village party treat bonanza

PUBLISHED: 12:00 07 December 2008 | UPDATED: 11:49 17 June 2010

TWO Beer women are hoping to spread the festive cheer by organising a Christmas party for the whole village. Natalie Gribble, 29, and Karen Harding, 31, came up with the idea a few months ago. Natalie said: We were just sitting around one day and thinkin

TWO Beer women are hoping to spread the festive cheer by organising a Christmas party for the whole village.

Natalie Gribble, 29, and Karen Harding, 31, came up with the idea a few months ago.

Natalie said: "We were just sitting around one day and thinking of what to do at Christmas. I work at the Dolphin Hotel and they don't have a Christmas party there and Karen is on maternity leave so she is missing her works party.

"We just thought we should arrange our own party and no one in Beer really does anything for Christmas so we thought we would involve everyone."

The dynamic duo held a race night in October and managed to raise £500 to go toward paying for a band for the evening.

Natalie added: "The money we raised from the race night has paid for a really popular band, Bootleggers Turn, outright which we are really happy about.

"We wanted to get a good band to ensure the event would be successful."

They have already sold around 50 tickets but are hoping for over 100 people to attend the party.

"Depending on the success of the party we are hoping to make it a yearly thing," said Natalie.

The pair are intending to donate any profit they make to local organisations.

She added: "We have already arranged to donate some of the proceeds to the Puffin Playgroup. They are raising money for an outside canope so the children can play outside even if it is raining.

"Rather than just giving money out, we are looking for any local organisations which need money for a specific purpose."

Anyone who would like to be considered for a donation can contact Natalie on 07816972275.

The Christmas party will be held at the Mariners Hall on Saturday, December 12. There will be a disco from 7.30pm and from 10pm-12am, Bootlegger Turn will be performing a number of songs through the decades from the 1970s to the present. The bar will be open. Christmas fancy dress is encouraged but not essential.

Tickets (£5) can be bought from Beer Post Office or on the door for (£6).

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